Mr. Mark Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will make an announcement about the membership of the National Development Group for the Mentally Handicapped.
§ Mrs. Castle
In my statement on services for the mentally handicapped on 26th February—[Vol. 887, c.159–62]—I announced that Professor Peter Mittler had agreed to become chairman of the group, which will advise me on the development of mental handicap policy. I 285W have now appointed the following members:
Mr. J. R. Elliott, MBE, FHA, Assistant Director, King's Fund Centre, Nutford Place, London.
Dr. G. G. Simon, MB, ChB, FRC Psych, DPM, Consultant Psychiatrist, Lea Castle Hospital, Kidderminster.
Mr. W. Tamkin, RNMS, SRN, RNT, Area Nursing Officer, Stockport Area Health Authority.
Mr. M. W. Wren, Director of Social Services, Solihull.
Mrs. Peggy Jay, Chairman, North Camden Community Health Council, Member London Borough of Camden Social Services Committee (Mrs. Jay has been nominated by the Central Health Services Council.)
The Personal Social Services Council has been invited to nominate a representative to serve on the development group and will do so shortly.
The development group has already begun work and a series of preliminary meetings has been held.